The Mechanical Monsters is the second of the seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman. Produced by Fleischer Studios, the story features Superman battling a mad scientist with a small army of robots at his command. It was originally released by Paramount Pictures on November 28, 1941.
August 14, 2019 Subject:
A VERY FINE SERIES. AND I SUGGEST YOU GO READ THE BIOGS OF DISNEY TO ASCERTAIN HOW DIFFICULT OTHER CARTOON CREATORS FOUND IT AFTER SAID CORPORATION DUG ITS CLAWS INTO HOLLYWOOD - WITH REFERENCE TO CHALLENGING DISNEY AT CREATING VERY FINE AND DETAILED ANIMATION OR ANIMATION WHICH WAS OFF KILTER... THE NOTIONS BEHIND WHO HAD THE GREATER ARTISTIC MERIT - DISNEY OR ANY OTHER ANIMATION HOUSE YOU CARE TO MENTION IS OPEN TO DENBATE. SAFE TO SAY THERE ISN'T ONE OLD STUDIO WHICH DOESN'T HAVE SOME SEMBLANCE OF A CONNECTION TO DISNEY - WHETHER THAT BE JOBBING DESIGNERS OR CELL PAINTERS GAINING AD HOC EMPLOYMENT OR VISIONARIES OF, SAY, TEX AVERY'S ILK. IT WAS WORTH READING UP ON THE VARIOUS SPATS DISNEY CORP HAD WITH INDEPENDENT ANIMATION STUDIOS R.E STYLE OF CARTOON FEATURE EG. TELL TALE HEART SEEMINGLY DID DISNEY OUT OF SOLE OWNERSHIP OF A PARTICULAR STYLE OF ANIMATION... WORTH ENGAGING WITH POP CULTURE IF ONLY FOR SOMMAT TO IMPART.
Reviewer:Victor Von Psychotron
July 30, 2017 Subject:
Back when Superman was a bit of a pulp hero.
This is from a great time period when Superman would fight mad scientists, saboteur, gangsters, and escaped circus elephants instead of intergalactic despots and psychopaths.
This cartoon also inspired part of "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."